DERRY — It's a summer of saying thank you to all working on the front lines to support the community.
The Red Star Twirlers baton group offered a big vote of support July 9 to those working on the front lines at Parkland Medical Center in Derry, offering a 15-minute twirling show featuring baton talents, music and a lot of thank-yous to healthcare staff and other workers at the hospital during the coronavirus pandemic.
The brief show featured champion twirlers — from 9-year-old Ellarie Healey of Derry to 19-year-old Miss Derry, Morgan Torre of Londonderry, who has been a Red Star since she was 4 years old and is now a sophomore at Suffolk University.
Other performers included Tiana Barton and Tabitha Flattes of Derry; Kiley Collins and Jadyn Vincent of Windham; and Emily Cowette, Gretchen Murray, and Madison St. Gelais of Londonderry.
“The Red Star Twirlers of Derry always spend their summers doing one of two things — preparing for the NBTA National Championships at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, or rehearsing the show they would have performed overseas — in Venice, Italy, and Porec, Croatia, from Aug. 3-10," said Red Star coach and founder Gina Hutchinson. "All that changed on March 14, when our gym in Derry had to close due to COVID-19. With summer upon us, and no end in sight for getting back to some kind of normal, The Red Star Twirlers have committed to a goal of making it count, not only for themselves, but those that have sacrificed so much due to the pandemic.”
Parkland Medical Center has had its share of COVID-19 patients the last several months, officials said.
The Red Stars say they are proud to start their “Summer of COVID Thank You” tour at their hometown hospital. For more information about the Red Stars and their community support activities, contact Hutchinson at 603-432-9116, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the group on Facebook.